And the peace of God which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. -Philippians 4:7
The other day as an overnight house guest was leaving she said, “Thanks for letting me stay here. Your house is so peaceful.”
Her remark took me by surprise because I know one person who lives there who doesn’t always feel so peaceful. Then I wondered if the absence of kids made it feel tranquil.
The world in which we live does not produce peace. Our hearts and minds cannot produce it either. Peace has to come from somewhere else.
This Sunday at the Gathering Church, I continue the message series, A New Perspective, a study in the New Testament book of Philippians. We will look at a classic passage about how people can experience a peace that doesn’t make sense, a peace that overcomes conflict, anxiety and distorted thinking. Check out Philippians 4:2-9.
Someone has recently notated that our generation is the most addicted, stressed–out, and medicated adult cohort in human history. We don’t have to waste time feeling guilty about that, or fussing at ourselves about not being more peaceful – like that would help anyways.
We can embrace, or rather be embraced, by a new perspective that makes the peace of God an actual reality in our lives.